Most Common Types Of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Posted on June 27, 2022 in Medical Malpractice Claims
Did you know that approximately 10% of deaths in America can be attributed to medical errors? When you or a loved one has suffered due to the misguided, misdirected or willful actions of a healthcare professional, you may have recourse to a medical malpractice lawsuit, which an experienced attorney can assist you with filing.
In this article, we share with you the most common types of medical malpractice lawsuits that are filed!
Failure to Diagnose, Misdiagnosis or Late Diagnosis
With many types of medical and health conditions, catching the disease at an early stage is key to rendering the most effective treatments. Consequently, this provides the patient with the best possible outcomes. When a healthcare professional provides the wrong diagnosis or fails to provide an accurate and timely diagnosis that results in the patient missing out on early treatment, you may have a case.
Below are some actions a medical professional can be held liable for:
- Failure to refer a patient to the right specialist in a timely manner
- Failure to recognize medical signs and symptoms
- Failure to ask for additional information or order the relevant tests
- … and more!
Childbirth injuries can have a severe, long-lasting impact on a child’s future ability and prognosis. In some cases, it can also cause harm to the mother.
Some types of medical malpractice related to childbirth include:
- Failing to perform a C-section when one is necessary
- Mishandling a baby during or after birth
- Improper use of forceps to remove a baby from the birth canal
- Failure to identify fetal distress
- … and more!
Mistakes with Prescription Drugs
When the wrong drugs are prescribed or the wrong dosage is recommended, side effects can range from a mild allergic reaction to life-threatening symptoms and even loss of life. In certain cases, patients can receive the wrong prescription, such as that meant for another patient.
Below is a list of possible mistakes that can be made with prescription drugs:
- Failure to identify possible dangerous side effects
- Failure to take a patient’s medical history into account before prescribing any drug
- Recommending the wrong dosage – either too little or too much
- Prescribing the wrong drug for the patient’s condition
- … and more!
If a pharmacist was responsible for filling in a prescription and the patient walked away with the wrong drugs despite the right one being stated on their prescription, the pharmacist can be held accountable.
Do You Need a Medical Malpractice Attorney to Stand in Your Corner?
As a victim of medical malpractice, you may be wondering about the legal options open to you. You can be sure of finding an advocate when you come to Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C. Our attorneys have experience representing a wide variety of medical malpractice cases, including surgical errors, medical errors, and more. With free initial consultations, there’s no reason to suffer in silence anymore. Please do not hesitate to contact us today to find out how you can kickstart a medical malpractice case or lawsuit!
Don’t suffer in silence due to a medical professional’s negligence. Contact a medical malpractice attorney for help.